Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Media Awards

RNAO's annual Media Awards honours journalists for outstanding work that helps Ontarians better understand nursing and health care.

Stories published or broadcast in Ontario during the 2018 calendar year are eligible. Entries are scored by an independent panel of judges consisting of nurses and journalists.

Award categories:

  • Community newspaper, best news coverage
  • Community newspaper, best in-depth feature or series
  • Daily newspaper, best news coverage
  • Daily newspaper, best in-depth feature or series
  • Radio, best news coverage
  • Radio, best in-depth feature or series
  • Television, best news coverage
  • Television, best in-depth feature or series
  • Magazine, best story
  • Online, best story


  • All entries must be submitted by the Jan. 11, 2019 deadline via the online submission form.
  • Limit of one entry per person. Entrants may not submit a single entry to multiple categories.
  • Entries in the Online, best story category must be published on a website that covers news and/or current events.
  • Winners of the previous year's awards are not eligible.
  • Entries must be journalistic in nature, based on research and interviews. Opinion pieces and academic articles are not eligible.
  • Materials prepared by RNAO staff or staff of health-related associations are not eligible.
  • Trade publications, textbooks, or video/audio productions intended for health-care practitioners or audiences are not eligible.
  • Entries in the Online, best story category must be published on a website that covers news and/or current events.

How to apply:

  • For print entries, please send PDF scans of the original article. Please also include a link if the story appears online.
  • For broadcast submissions, links and/or electronic audio or video files are preferred.

Additional rules:

  • There is no entry fee.
  • If nominating a story on behalf of a journalist, you must inform the nominee prior to submission.
  • A benchmark cumulative score will be determined before judging commences, and winning entries must surpass this predetermined score to be eligible. If no article in a particular category surpasses this benchmark, no award shall be given out.
  • By applying for an award, you consent to RNAO using the contents of your submission to publicize the awards competition.

Winners were announced in February 2019, and the awards were be handed out at RNAO's annual general meeting in April 2019.

To view this year's winning submissions click here.

For more information, contact Jonathan Sher at 1-800-268-7199, ext. 250.